West Yorkshire Police Join 'Knife Crime Awareness Week'

A range of educational and enforcement activity will be taking place across the week.

A week of action to raise awareness of knife crime has been launched by West Yorkshire Police.

The awareness week, which is part of a national week of action, will run all week from today (11/3) until Sunday (17/3).

The Force has previously spoken out about tackling knife crime and the importance of talking to young people in particular about the potential consequences of it and the dangers of carrying a knife.

During the week of action a range of educational and enforcement activity will be taking place.

Cadet volunteers (aged under 18) supervised by officers will be visiting shops which sell knives to see if they would sell them. Officers will follow this up with visits to any stores which fail to educate them about their responsibilities under the law and warn them about their future conduct.

The following activities will be taking place across our region:

Calderdale

  • A knife crime package will be delivered across schools
  • Extra patrols at night time
  • Knife crime awareness stalls in shopping centres
  • Early intervention work to specifically target young people at risk of getting involved in knife crime.

Kirklees

  • Working with young people through local education establishments to warn of the dangers of knife crime including on transport routes to and from schools.
  • Test purchase operation

Bradford

  • Test purchase operations
  • Knife sweeps of known ASB hotspots
  • Schools talks

Assistant Chief Constable Catherine Hankinson of West Yorkshire Police, said:

“We are very concerned about knife crime – it can cause great harm to the communities we serve and there is no place for it in our society.

“It is something we take extremely seriously. Every single person who works for this Force has a part to play in preventing it from happening and dealing with it when it does.

“No-one wants to see their loved ones caught up in the terrible consequences of knife crime.

“As an officer with many years’ experience I have had to comfort the grieving families of victims and arrest those responsible for it. Knife crime has impacted terribly on them.”

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